Photoshop Rotating Text (2)
  • Now, in the Layers palette, click on the original Text layer
  • Again, repeat the previous sequence of events, but this time we're moving the text off the right of the sphere:

Press Ctrl + J (to duplicate the current layer)

Rename the duplicated layer right

Shift + Ctrl + press right twice

You will be left with around eleven layers, given the fixed size of the sphere, right up to "left copy 10".

  • Now Ctrl + click on the sphere layer. This will make "marching ants" appear around the sphere, meaning that only items within the sphere are selected.
  • This next bit is a bit time-consuming, but select each of the text layers in turn and go to FILTER...Distort...Spherize. Accept the settings as given. You may get a box like that to the right. Say OK (or just hit the Return key on your keyboard).
  • What we are doing with the Spherize filter is giving the impression of 3d distortion - but only within the confines of the sphere. To help you keep track on which layers you've "spherized", the "T" in the layers palette preview window should disappear on all layers you've rasterized.
  • When you have spherized all the text layers, it's time for the next stage - to "trim" any excess text from outside the sphere.
  • Ctrl + click on the Sphere layer to get marching ants going around the sphere. Now press Ctrl + Shift + I to inverse the selection (or go to SELECT...Inverse)
    Now the selected area is everything outside the sphere.
  • Now press Ctrl + X to "cut" any text that falls outside the sphere.
    You may get the dialog box on the right. Don't worry, it just means that no text on the selected layer is outside the sphere. Just say OK (or press the Return key).
  • Now go to every text layer, firstly Ctrl + click the Sphere layer, pressing Ctrl + Shift + I to invert the selection and then Ctrl + X to cut any text outside the Sphere.
    Note: Every time you are on a layer where you cut the text, the marching ants will be deselected, so you will need to select the sphere layer and invert the selection each time.
    When you have finished, you should have the result as to the right:

Text layers turned on
This is a view with all the text layer visiblities turned on.

By the way, when you have quite a few layers (we have around 24!) you can quickly turn off multiple visiblities by dragging your mouse down the column of "eyes" in the Layers palette - you don't have to click each one individually.

Rasterize type dialog box






Cut command

Delete outer text

  Now it's time to animate!  Go to WINDOW...Animate.
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